The Fabulous Fanny Brice

By | Oct 29, 2013

Fania Borach was born in New York City on October 29, 1891. If the name Fania Borach is not familar, perhaps you’ll know her stage name, Fanny Brice. The Broadway show and movie Funny Girl starring Barbra Streisand was loosely based on her career.

Brice is known for two songs she performed during the 1920s. “My Man” which became her signature song, first performed with the Ziegfield Follies as well as a recording of it for Victor Records. The second song also associated with her is “Second Hand Rose“. She began working with Ziegfield in 1910 and working with him until the 1930s.

She was also a movie performer in the early days of ‘talking’ pictures. Her films include My Man (1928), Be Yourself! (1930) and Everybody Sing (1938) as well as playing herself in The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and Ziegfeld Follies (1946). She has a Star on the walk of fame for her work in Motion Pictures.

In 1936, when she was in her mid-40’s she created the role of Baby Snooks on radio. She would perform the role until her death.

Brice had two children. a daughter Frances (1919-1992) and a son William (1921-2008). Both of these from her second marriage which was to gambler Julius “Nicky” Arnstein. Frances married producer/director Ray Stark who produced Funny Girl and Funny Lady.

Fanny Brice died on May 29, 1951. Cause of death was of a cerebral hemorrhage.


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